America’s Got Talent’s Jackie Evancho Releases Christmas CD

MOBILE, Ala. – November 2, 2010 — Jackie Evancho, the 10-year-old soprano prodigy whose performances on “America’s Got Talent” won the hearts of millions and brought her into the national spotlight will release her first record O Holy Night on November 16 to Christian retail through Integrity Music and via Columbia Records/Sony Music to general market retail.
Jackie’s debut CD features the Christmas favorites “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night” plus the beautiful opera classics “Pie Jesu” (Blessed Lord Jesus) and “Panis Angelicus” (Heavenly Bread) – both of which Jackie performed on America’s Got Talent.
The DVD features Jackie’s performances from America’s Got Talent including the audition tape that landed Jackie her spot on AGT.  Lastly, it includes an interview with Jackie filmed the week following the show’s finale.
In the first of several appearances to promote the new record, Jackie was interviewed earlier this week on “Oprah.”  The link to her performance is here:
CD Track Listing
“O Holy Night”
“Pie Jesu”
“Silent Night”
“Panis Angelicus”
DVD Track Listing
“Panis Angelicus” (Youtube Audition)
“O Mio Babbino Caro”
“Time To Say Goodbye”
“Pie Jesu”
“Ave Maria”
An Interview With Jackie
Since appearing on “America’s Got Talent,” Jackie’s accumulated more than 30 million combined YouTube views and was the #1 Hot Google Search on August 10 and 11.  She had the #1 video on YouTube the week of August 11 and has YouTube’s biggest non-ad-supported video of 2010 (so far).  The “America’s Got Talent” finale on September 15 was the show’s highest rated in three years.
Evancho catapulted into the “America’s Got Talent” quarter finals round when her unaffectedly pure performance of Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” (one of Maria Callas’s signature arias) and handily won the show’s YouTube round, selected by online fans.  An odds-on favorite with viewers, Jackie performed four times on “America’s Got Talent” over the summer.  Rocketing into the finals, her astonishing classical crossover soprano performances marked the arrival of a major musical talent.
“In my typically humble opinion, I’ve seen a lot of auditions over the last five years in Britain and America and the point of this show is to find undiscovered talent – proper, raw talent – that can go on to potentially be a huge star,” said Piers Morgan, Judge of America’s Got Talent. “I have never, ever, seen an act on this show, or the British show, or any of the other talent shows in the world that I have seen with more potential than Jackie Evancho.”
Jackie Evancho first began singing at the age of 7 after watching “The Phantom of the Opera” on DVD.  She launched her own YouTube channel and started seriously vocal lessons when she was 8 years old.  A Pittsburgh native, Jackie performed at local talent shows, going on to perform at high profile events including singing the national anthem at Pittsburgh Pirate games.